Did you ever see the Empire State Building, which was once the tallest builing of the world. A hull of a ship has been manufactured which is as tall as this building. This ship is being shifted into water in a city of South Korea.
This hull is 1601 feet tall and 243 feet wide. It belongs to the FLNG (Floating Liquified Natural Gas) institute of Shell Company. It was built by Technip Samsung Consortium in Samsung Heavy Industries and is being designed to be used in Prelude and Concerto gas fields.
The basic purpose of this project is production of Natural Gas, it’s conversion into LNG and transfer of this liquified natural gas on transport ships. Prelude would perform all these tasks by stayning on the surface of water in the sea. The weight of this ship after carrying the stuff would be 6 lakh, 61 thousand and 4 hundred tones, and it is expected that it would be able to produce 39 lakh tones of LNG yearly.
It’s capacity to store LNG is 43 billion litres. It would be able to produce 110,000 BOE daily. The idea of this huge amount can be estimated from the fact that 175 olympic swimming pools can be filled with LNG present inside the ship.
Prelude FLNG will operate for 25 years at a distinct sea port at a distance of about 475 kiolmeters from the Australian city Broome. The process of cyclones continue to start in this region from November till April, however prelude is designed in such a way that it can withstand all sort of weather conditions round the year.
It is expected that this huge ship will be manufactured completely and will start producing LNG by 2017.